water

Cislunar Shenanigans

A satellite propelled by the Earth’s most abundant natural resource? Yes, it’s true. Cislunar Explorers, a team of Cornell graduate and undergraduate students guided by Mason Peck, a former senior official at NASA and associate…


A few kilometers? At most a five year drive.

Four years into its travels across Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover faces an un­expected challenge: wending its way safely among dozens of dark streaks that could indicate water seeping from the red planet’s hillsides. Although scientists…


Don’t choose the Martian brand

Mineral veins found in Mars’s Gale Crater were formed by the evaporation of ancient Martian lakes, a new study has shown. The research, by Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientists at The Open University and the…


Electric Wind Stripper

Oh, and you can bake pizzas on Venus without oven (not to mention lead without doing a thing). Venus has an “electric wind” strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere,…


Seeing the vapor through the clouds

Water is a hot topic in the study of exoplanets, including “hot Jupiters,” whose masses are similar to that of Jupiter, but which are much closer to their parent star than Jupiter is to the…


Martian … tides

There is a wealth of evidence, collected over the past few decades, that suggests liquid water was abundant in the early history of Mars – one of our nearest and most studied neighbours. However, the…


Where’s the water, Lebowski?

A survey of 10 hot, Jupiter-sized exoplanets conducted with NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has led a team to solve a long-standing mystery — why some of these worlds seem to have less water…